Warning: Emails misusing the name of EM Law
7 May 2019
Emails have been sent from someone using the name "Ashleigh Lewis", misusing the name of EM Law in relation to a legal dispute.
What is the scam?
Emails seen by the SRA have been sent from an individual using the name "Ashleigh Lewis", misusing the name and contact details of EM Law (see below) in relation to an employment / contractual dispute matter.
"Ashleigh Lewis" has contacted a company, falsely claiming to be from EM Law and to be instructed by an individual in relation to an employment / contractual dispute.
The emails have been sent from "Ashleigh Lewis" using the email address "email@example.com", and misuse the name, telephone number and address of a genuine firm (see below).
The SRA does not authorise or regulate an individual solicitor with the name "Ashleigh Lewis".
Any business or transaction through the email address set out above is not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Emerging Law Limited (which trades as EM Law), whose genuine address is White Collar Factory, 1 Old Street Yard, London, EC1Y 8AF and genuine telephone number is 020 3637 6374. The firm's general contact email address is "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The genuine firm have confirmed they do not employ anyone named Ashleigh Lewis and have no connection to correspondence referred to in the above alert.
What should I do?
When a firm's or individual's identity has been copied exactly (or cloned), due diligence is necessary. If you receive correspondence claiming to be from the above firm(s) or individual(s), or information of a similar nature to that described, you should conduct your own due diligence by checking the authenticity of the correspondence by contacting the law firm directly by reliable and established means. You can contact the SRA to find out if individuals or firms are regulated and authorised by the SRA and verify an individual's or firm's practising details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) may be required in other circumstances.